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Local News Highlights

  • GEA Expresses Frustration After Contract Ratification >

    After the Galesburg Education Association's membership ratified a four-year contract on Thursday, emotions were still running high into the evening. The teachers' union held a press availability to offer some final comments on the contract and provide insight on some of the challenges that lie ahead. GEA Public Relations Team Member and WGIL Sports play-by-play announcer Brad Bennewitz says teachers Read More
  • Strike Officially Settled -- Superintendent Reacts >

    205logobw It probably wasn't as close a vote as the leaders of the Galesburg Education Association wanted, but it still officially gets students in District-205 to classes for the first time starting tomorrow. The GEA rank-and-file voted by about a 52-percent to 48-percent margin according to sources in favor of the collective bargaining agreement announced early this morning, and ending a Read More
  • Alderman Tried to Keep Pools Open During Teachers Strike >

    As negotiations continued between the Galesburg School District and the Galesburg Education Association, students remained on an extended summer break. For some that sounded wonderful, but as the strike entered into its third week and the temperatures continue to stay warm students were still looking for things to occupy their time. Alderman Jeremy Karlin tells WGIL it was a weekend Read More
  • WEB EXTRA: Listen to Galesburg Education Association News Conference Here >

    8-28-14 GEA Several hours after the Galesburg Education Association ratified a new four-year contract on a split vote, union officials held a news conference to discuss contract details, and their displeasure with the administration of the Galesburg School District. Listen to the news conference in its entirety below.  Speakers are Tami Qualls and Brad Bennewitz. Read More
  • WEB EXTRA: Listen to Galesburg School District Superintendent Bart Arthur's News Conference Here >

    Continuing-Coverage Galesburg School District Superintendent Bart Arthur held a news conference this afternoon, not long after both the majority of the Galesburg Education Association, and the Galesburg School Board, approved a four-year GEA contract. Listen to the news conference below. NOTE:  Some of Mr. Arthur's beginning remarks are not a part of this audio, due to technical problems. Read More
  • BREAKING NEWS: Tentative Agreement Reached In Teacher Contract Talks >

    Breaking News Hours of mediation has resulted in a tentative contract agreement between the District 205 School Board and the Galesburg Education Association. Not only did the terms of the actual contract need to be agreed to, but a separate contract making room for resuming classes on Friday of this week was also developed Wednesday night and into Thursday. Representatives of the Read More
  • Retired Teacher Arrested at Contract Negotiations >

    (District 205 security officer Kurt Kramer arrives at Lincoln Education Center Wednesday to talk to retired teacher Jim Jacobs.)

    (District 205 security officer Kurt Kramer arrives at Lincoln Education Center Wednesday to talk to retired teacher Jim Jacobs.)

    UPDATED 9:10pm A retired Galesburg School District teacher was arrested today as negotiations between the district and the Galesburg Education Association continued. Jim Jacobs went into Lincoln Education Center Wednesday afternoon, sleeping bag and pillow in hand.  Jacobs told reporters he Read More
  • Downtown Intersection to Stay As Is >

    A change the City of Galesburg wanted to make in anticipation of the construction of the East Main Street Underpass won't be happening now. City Engineer Wayne Carl told the Galesburg City Council this week that the Illinois Department of Transportation accepted a change from the city to allow the right turn lane at Main and Chambers Street to remain Read More
  • Rains Help Crops -- Except Soybeans >

    Recent rains have been beneficial for many of the area crops as they finish the growing season, but may be adding fuel to a late-season disease in soybeans. Last week, Angie Peltier at the University of Illinois Extension in Warren County told us about increasing incidents of sudden death syndrome in soybeans, and we asked Monsanto agronomist Lance Tarchionne this Read More
  • Not Guilty Plea in Felony Drug Case >

    A man from central Illinois is pleading not guilty in Knox County to charges accusing him of having some expensive drugs on him when he got off an Amtrak train almost a month ago. 24-year-old Robert Spangler made the plea in Knox County Circuit Court yesterday to a Class-X felony charge of Cannabis Trafficking, and lesser felony counts of Possession Read More
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Local Sports Highlights

  • Local Sports 8/27/14 >

    The prospects for the Galesburg Silver Streaks football team to play their opening game this Friday look bleak. The Galesburg Board of Education, following last night's failed round of negotiations, conceded in a press release that "as things stand, it appears unlikely that the team will be able to participate in Friday night's scheduled game with Moline." If the students Read More
  • Local Sports 8/26/14 >

    The area volleyball schedule picks up tonight, with many of the varsity teams seeing their first competition of the new season. The schedule shows Abingdon-Avon making the short trip to United High School; Knoxville plays at Stark County; ROWVA hits the road for Bushnell-Prairie City; and North Fulton hosts Beardstown. Golf The Normal U-High Invitational is the big golf event Read More
  • Local Sports 8/25/14 >

    The prospects of the Moline Maroons football team finding a replacement game for Friday night never materialized, so the Western Big 6 game between Galesburg and Moline will be played if the teacher's strike is resolved by midweek. Moline athletic director Todd Rosenthal and first-year head coach Matt Woods both said this morning that they are looking forward to seeing Read More
  • Local Sports 8/22/14 >

    With the beginning of the fall sports season, public scrimmages are being planned for many area athletic teams in the coming days. The latest to announce is the Galesburg High School volleyball team, which will hold their "Meet the Streaks" night on Monday at the Hawthorne Center Gymnasium. The event will begin at 5pm with the introduction of the Freshmen, Read More
  • Local Sports 8/21/14 >

    Plans for the upcoming football season for Galesburg High School are moving along, even though the teacher's strike is continuing into a second week. The Silver Streaks will make their debut in a scrimmage to be held this Saturday afternoon from 1-to-3 at Knosher Bowl at Knox College. The GHS sports boosters have taken charge of the event, which was Read More
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